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The New Tenants (2009)

A nosy neighbor, a drug dealer and an angry husband make for a move-in day that two men will never forget.

Director:

Joachim Back

Writers:

Anders Thomas Jensen (original screenplay "De Nye Lejere"), David Rakoff (adaptation)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Jan
Kevin Corrigan ... Zelko
Liane Balaban ... Irene
Jamie Harrold ... Peter
David Rakoff David Rakoff ... Frank
Helen Hanft ... Grandma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chandy Krapes Chandy Krapes ... Joan
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Storyline

A prying neighbor, a glassy-eyed drug dealer, and a husband brandishing both a weapon and a vendetta make up the welcome wagon. Set amidst the as-yet-unopened boxes and the hopes for a fresh start of two men on what might just be the worst moving day ever. Their new apartment reveals its terrifying history in a film that is by turns funny, frightening, and unexpectedly romantic. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Edited into The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2010: Live Action (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

To Night is the Last
Performed by Sam Bisbee
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Dessicated black humor...but what, if anything, is it striving for?
24 July 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Joachim Back directed this Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short Film, a 20-minute foray into seething urban chaos, verbally laced with angry diatribes against the ills of modern society. A gay couple (David Rakoff--outfitted to look unhealthy, though this is not explained--and Jamie Harrold) have just moved into their new apartment, only to learn the residence had a horribly violent past--history which soon repeats itself. Working from a rather pretentious script by writer Anders Thomas Jensen (whose work was then 'adapted' by Rakoff), Back isn't able to get around the inherent 'writer's folly' of the set-up (which is, there's no peace anywhere, so you may as well dance to the music). The unhappy gays in question do not convince as a couple--even before the drop-ins begin arriving--which may be one reason why the finale fails to provide the impact, the dreamy-lunatic capper, Back probably intended. There's a boldly romantic song playing over the end-credits ("To Night is the Last" sung by Sam Bisbee, himself one of the film's many producers) which gives the audience far more of a lift than Back or any of his actors can ultimately bring to the fore.


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Country:

Denmark | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2010 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

De nye lejere See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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